It is not every day that you come across jaw-dropping buildings that seem to defy conventions. For this reason, it is not surprising that many of the world’s quirkiest and most unusual buildings are attracting a lot of attention. And here are just some of them.
1. Capital Gate
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
::: Listed on the Guinness Book of World Records as world’s furthest leaning man-made tower
2. Crazy House
Location: Dalat, Vietnam
::: Quirky-looking guesthouse
3. Crooked House
Location: Staffordshire, United Kingdom
::: A pub with both ends at different heights (i.e. one end is roughly 4ft lower than the other)
4. Cubic Houses
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
::: Cube-shaped houses
5. Kansas City Library
Location: Missouri, USA
::: Library with a bookshelf façade, features spines of famous books
6. Krzywy Domek
Location: Sopot, Poland
::: Building that looks like it came out straight from the pages of a fairy tale book
Location: Graz, Austria
::: Contemporary art museum
8. Longaberger Company Building
Location: Newark, Ohio, USA
::: Building that serves as headquarters for a basket company
9. Lotus Temple
Location: Delhi, India
::: Bahai temple
10. Montaña Mágica Lodge
Location: Patagonian Rainforest, Chile
::: Eco-lodge that mimics the shape of a volcano
11. Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval
Location: Hauterives, France
::: Iconic outsider architecture, a palace built from stones collected by postman Ferdinand Cheval
12. Piano House
Location: Anhui, China
::: A house shaped like a piano with a violin-shaped entrance
13. Ryugyong Hotel
Location: Pyongyang, North Korea
::: Skyscraper shaped like a pyramid and remains unfinished to date
14. Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Location: Longyearbyen, Norway
::: Well-fortified seed vault that serve as storage place for millions of different types of seeds from around the world
Let’s face it.
The world has so much to offer to you. The world also has so much in store for you. From scenic views to tranquil waters to fertile lands to lush forests – you name it – it’s all here on Earth.
But you know what? There’s more to the world than it seems. There’s a rich history in every place to go and a vibrant culture in each thing to do – and most of all, remarkable people behind every rich history and each vibrant culture.
And you know what? They are capable of making things even better, just like some of the world’s most unusual buildings.
Here are some of them:
The Krzywy Domek
Find yourself having strong cocktail drinks every night lately? The Krzywy Domek will definitely change your mind about drinking too much – in the most unusual way possible.
Located at the resort town of Sopot in Poland, this crooked little house is definitely a sight to behold. Designed by architect firm Szotyńscy and Zaleski, the Krzywy Domek seems like it came straight out from the illustrations of Jan Marcin Szancer, a renowned art master (illustrator); and sketches of Per Dahlberg, another renowned art master (sketcher) – both of which have fairytale-like artworks.
The Lotus Temple
Looking to have an unforgettable moment somewhere far away? The Lotus Temple will certainly make your moment truly unforgettable – in the most unusual way possible.
Located at union territory Delhi in India, this flower worship house is certainly another sight to behold. Designed by an Iranian architect named Fariborz Sahba, the Lotus Temple is pretty much like a real lotus flower – blooming under the warm sun, as well as helping people create unforgettable moments with its simple, yet elegant allure.
Do you know any other unusual buildings? Let us know in the comments section below!
Travelers often stumble upon remarkable architecture and design that may be unexpected. Many sought to visit famous landmarks while others randomly find awe-inspiring buildings that make a place more memorable. But there are cities in the world with attractions architecture enthusiasts would love to see.
Why go there: Greek architecture, world-renowned cultural monuments, Acropolis Hill, Parthenon, Temple of Hephaestus, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theatre of Dionysos, Greek Parliament, and more
Why go there: Home of famous architect Antoni Gaudi; La Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló, Església de Santa Maria del Mar, Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau, La Pedrera, Palau de la Música Catalana, Park Güell
Why go there: Classical and modern architecture, Forbidden City, Great Wall of China, Nine Great Gates, Summer Palace, Temple of Earth, Temple of Heaven, Bird’s Nest, CCTV Headquarters, National Grand Theatre
Why go there: Berlin Cathedral, Brandenburg Gate, Charlottenburg Palace, Fernsehturm (Berlin Television Tower), Holocaust Memorial, Olympic Stadium, Potsdamer Platz, Reichstag, The Berlin Wall Memorial
Why go there: The Great Pyramid of Giza, Al-Azhar Mosque, Bab Zuweila, Beit el-Suhaymi, Ibn Tulun Mosque, Madrassa of an-Nasr Mohammed, Madrassa of Qalaun, Madrassa of as-Salih Ayyub, Mosque of Al-Hakim, Nilometer, Ramses Station, Sultan Hassan Mosque, Wikala al-Bazara
Why go there: Aon Center, Aqua Tower, Cloud Gate, Crown Hall, Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Robie House, The Poetry Foundation, Unity Temple, Willis Tower, Wood Pavilion
Why go there: Bastakia Quarter, Burj al-Arab, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Museum, Jumeirah Mosque, Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House, The World
Why go there: Hagia Sophia, Beylerbeyi Palace, Blue Mosque, Column of Constantine, Dolmabahçe Palace, Garden Plaza, Topkapi Palace
New York City, USA
Why go there: Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, Flatiron Building, Freedom Tower, Gingerbread House, Guggenheim, Rockefeller Center
Why go there: Classical and modern architecture; Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Arènes de Lutèce, Centre Pompidou, Cité de la Mode et du Design, Foundation Louis Vuitton, Notre Dame Cathedral , The Louvre
Why go there: World famous architecture wonders; Basilica San Pietro, Burghese Gallery and Gardens, Castel Sant’Angelo, Colosseum, Fontana di Trevi, The Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Roman Forum, Trajan’s Column
Why go there: Modern architecture; Grand Theatre, Oriental Art Centre, Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Tower, Shanghai World Financial Centre